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 103 Korean Martyr Saints




Yu So-sa Cecilia (1761-1839)


Yu So-sa Cecilia was the second wife of the famous Chong Yak-jong Augustinus, martyred in 1801, and the mother of Chong Ha-sang Paulus and Chong Chong-hye Elisabeth. Cecilia became a Catholic through the persuasion of her husband and showed a great deal of courage and faith. When her husband was arrested, she was also arrested with her three children. She was released later with her children, but all her belongings were confiscated. She went to live with her husband's brother in Majae (Mahyon) in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, but he did not treat her well.
Most of her relatives were martyred, including her children, Paulus and Elisabeth. One night she dreamed of her martyred husband who told her in the dream that he had built a house in heaven with eight rooms, of which five were occupied and three were vacant, reserved for her and their remaining children. Indeed, five of her eight family members had already been martyred. The dream was a source of great encouragement for Cecilia.
Her son, Chong Ha-sang Paulus, was deeply involved in getting foreign missionaries into Korea, and Cecilia had been separated from him for many years. The separation was a painful trial for her. When Paulus became an assistant to the bishop and other priests, she followed them and lived with her son.
When she was too old to do any work, she spent her time in prayer. Her charity was so great that she sometimes fasted to feed others.
In 1839 one of her nephews provided a house in the countryside for Cecilia and asked her to come down to escape from the persecution. But Cecilia refused to go and said that she wanted to be martyred with her son Paulus.
Cecilia was arrested on July 19, 1839, at the age of 79. Despite her age, she was treated as an important criminal, probably due to her family's fame. Since she refused the demand of the police chief to give up her faith and reveal the whereabouts of her fellow Catholics, she was whipped 230 times during the first five interrogations.
Cecilia wanted to be beheaded to become a martyr, but the Korean law of that time prohibited an old person from being beheaded. The judges tried to beat her to death, but she endured all the beatings with courage and patience. She finally expired in prison on the bare ground, calling the names of Jesus and Mary. It was November 23, 1839, and she was 79 years old.

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Notice Stories of the Lives of the 103 Korean Martyr Saints 362125
» 유소사 체칠리아 Caecilia Yu So-sa 48529
73 전경협 아가타 Agatha Chon Kyong-hyob 48426
72 박종원 아우구스티노 Augustinus Pak Chong-won 47540
71 김효주 아녜스 Agnes Kim Hyo-ju 47242
70 황석두 루카 Lucas Hwang Sok-tu 47138
69 정하상 바오로 Paulus Chong Ha-sang 47114
68 김성우 안토니오 Antonius Kim Song-u 46698
67 이정희 바르바라 Barbara Yi Chong-hui 46535
66 정정혜 엘리사벳 Elisabeth Chong Chong-hye 46429
65 이간난 아가타 Agatha Yi Kan-nan 46428
64 정화경 안드레아 Andreas Chong Hwa-gyong 46359
63 전장운 요한 Ioannes B. Chon Chang-un 46268
62 손자선 토마스 Thomas Son Cha-son 45736
61 이경이 아가타 Agatha Yi Kyong-i 45649
60 허계임 막달레나 Magdalena Ho Kye-im 45466

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